Amazing stories from a prison with Tessa’s sister Phoebe.
I’ve been teaching basic reading, intermediate English, and Zumba in Gulu Women’s Prison for nearly three months.
A couple of weeks ago, I said to a guard who remarked on the women’s enthusiasm for learning, ‘I just wish they could have more things to read during the week, beyond what I can bring. Basic readers for the beginners’ class, novels and non-fiction for intermediate…’
Guard: ‘The prison has a library with many books.’
Me: (looking around wildly) What? Where?
Guard: In the Men’s Prison. Women are not allowed to enter there.
This is where I have to mention that I’m incredibly lucky to know Pastor Florence. Florence was once in prison herself, and after being released she fought to get an education and became a pastor. She spends several days a week in the prison – some prayer and singing, but mostly just hanging out with the women, who…
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